Morphic - Open Thread Riverside Trek
#1
[Lucario/Steadfast]

Seiro trudges through the undergrowth around the gently flowing river at the base of Cascade's main fall, loosely following Io's directions across the island. Being suddenly turned into a Riolu with no recollection of why, how, or much of anything before that was one thing, but then suddenly evolving was another thing entirely. The longer tail helps him with balance a bit more than his older, shorter one did, but now he also has to deal with four aura sensors and a much longer snout. And that's not even getting into the sudden rush of energy. Just what is evolution, anyway? The whole thing was confusing for him.

Shaking off his confusion, Seiro continues onward, gently pushing a long-leafed plant aside with a hand-paw to reveal a small offshoot from the river flowing across his path. Do I really want to get all this fur wet? he thinks to himself, wondering if he should backtrack and find another way or just deal with it and wade through the water.
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#2
[Golduck/Damp]

Sploosh

Oddly enough, the sound of the river's surface breaking under Wade's dive was the most relaxing thing he'd heard since waking up on the beach. The flowing freshwater was a stark contrast to the rough saltwater waves that pushed him ashore, leaving him with nearly a blank slate for a memory of what brought him here. Regardless, instinct led him to this jungle-framed falls and he couldn't be happier for it. His body smoothly streaked through the water like an arrow as the duck Pokemon touched the bottom and arched back up. Upon resurfacing, Wade stroked toward the river's edge and peered into the undergrowth sprawled there. Target in sight, he launched a webbed hand into the shrub and snatched a ripe cucumber from the shadow of its foliage. He took a bite and let out a sigh of relief as pure bliss embraced him. This was home.

A rustle of leaves broke the Golduck's reverie. Continuing his snack, he scanned the riverside until his eyes stopped on the Lucario who just broke onto the scene. With a final gulp, the cucumber was gone and his hands were free again. It was time for some sport to work it off now. While any detailed memories might have escaped Wade at the moment, his enjoyment of battles certainly wasn't diminished. He pushed himself out of the water and made his way toward the Lucario, not bothering to hide his approach. With a flex, he prepared his right hand for a Scratch as a greeting and a means to scout his opponent out.
Trainer Stats
Morphic: Wade
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#3
Daniel the Scrafty
Ability: Intimidate
Post Affects: Seiro, Wade

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Daniel never knew how to swim. Or, rather, what he was now wasn't able to do so, he thought.

Fortunately, the rivers at the bottom of the grand waterfall were shallow enough. Riverbanks were available, albeit overgrown with vegetation. Daniel was still able to walk through the place, even if it was his first time in this area.

Continuing on, as Daniel walked without any particular direction, he saw someone. Wolf-like, bipedal, and the stranger's back towards Daniel. He decided to meet this person, but before Daniel could take a step, he saw another, rising from the river. Duck-like, but bipedal. And with their hand forming claws, as if ready to strike.

Without a second thought, Daniel wore his hood-skin. This might get dirty, he thought.

"Hey there," Daniel said to the direction of the two strangers, in order to introduce himself. And to try to stop the duck from doing anything with those claws.
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MORPHIC:
DANIEL [SCRAFTY] X GALEN [WIP]
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#4
[Lucario/Steadfast]
[Post affects Wade, Daniel]


Seiro tenses up at the sight of the Golduck before him. The waterfowl's clean, graceful swimming made Seiro almost want an aquatic form of some sort, but those thoughts could wait. Right now, he was getting a seriously threatening vibe. "Uh... Hello?" he asks. "What did I do?" He takes a step back, anticipating a fight, even though he has no idea how he would actually do so.

And then his attention is grabbed by another Pokémon, this time a Scrafty from behind him. He glances over his shoulder at the new presence, wondering if he had just walked into an ambush. "Who...are you?" Seiro tentatively asks, shaking a bit in his stance as he looks for some other way to defuse the situation. At least the Scrafty doesn't seem too hostile...
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#5
[Golduck/Damp]

Wade abruptly stopped his swipe mid-swing after the Lucario backed away. It wasn't that that had caught him off-guard since a backstep could've easily been a defensive stance in a response to his challenge, but the fact he sensed no fighting spirit from this would-be opponent at all. In fact, Wade pondered whether he wasn't crazy for sensing fear, of all things, from the Aura Pokemon. It even asked, "What did I do?" As if Pokemon needed such an excuse for a friendly spar. Could it be this Lucario had never been in a battle before? He sighed and lowered his claws: if Lucario wasn't reciprocating his will to fight, then it really was bullying and just sapped the fun out of it.

Previously intent on the potential battle, Wade paid little mind to the Scrafty shouting at them. He mirrored Lucario's gaze toward the third party, noting this one seemed a bit more willing to battle, but not completely. They had both sent verbal "Hello's," his way as well, adding to the oddity. Pokemon sure acted strangely on this new island. "What's wrong with ya?" he spoke up. "You lot not itching to fight, and all?"
Trainer Stats
Morphic: Wade
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#6
Daniel the Scrafty
Ability: Intimidate
Post Affects: Seiro, Wade

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We're in a standoff, Daniel thought.

The duck stopped in his tracks, perhaps because of Daniel's sudden presence. On the other hand, the wolf's body fidgeted. Everyone was wary, which was understandable. The setup simply looked like an ambush for anyone involved.

The wolf spoke first and asked Daniel's named, which he complied to. Maybe this person isn't hostile, Daniel thought. Not a lot of the inhabitants Daniel had met here in this island asked his named immediately.

Meanwhile, the duck sounded impatient from the chit-chat. "You lot not itching to fight, and all?" the duck said.

"Why should we?" Daniel asked. He was never the one to fight, but ever since the incident at the desert, he learned how to do so. If push comes to shove, Daniel was prepared.
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MORPHIC:
DANIEL [SCRAFTY] X GALEN [WIP]
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#7
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 対クリスタラー戦
ゲーム「スーパーマリオRPG」BGM
Miki the Leafeon :: Chlorophyll
This post affects Seiro, Wade, and Daniel
Miki walks through the jungle. She's been here a few times, but she hasn't been here since her leaves changed color. Surely it would make her less conspicuous amidst the equally green leaves of the jungle.

And that would come in useful now, she thinks as she hears a fight about to break out.

She considers walking away for just a moment, but she's somewhat curious, and she quickly decides she'll watch. And so she pushes her way through the foliage and sits in the middle of some leaves, watching what she thinks is about to become a fight with anticipation while keeping herself as hidden as possible. Her tail, a slightly brighter green than the leaves around her, sticks out of the foliage, shaking slightly and creating a faint, sort of rustling noise that's barely audible.
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#8
[Golduck/Damp]

Wade furrowed his brow. What a strange question the Scrafty posed. Wade certainly had his fair share of them since winding up on this island, but that wasn't one. It was almost like pondering the significance of breathing if he thought about it. It was the same voice from inside that told him this river system was his kind of place. Battling meant living when it came down to it since a dull blade would be no good for protecting him. If it weren't life and death on the line, it let combatants grow closer to their opponents and themselves. Not to mention the contest itself and trying to come out on top was a thrill. With his focus on Daniel, Wade failed to notice a rustling sound nearby before he spoke. "You call it cracked, but I say a round will patch it up," Wade said, positioning himself to face Daniel and motioning him to come on. "So what say you?"
Trainer Stats
Morphic: Wade
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#9
[Lucario/Steadfast]
[Post affects Wade, Daniel, Miki]


Seiro glances behind him, sensing a Pokémon approaching from that direction. While the lighter green tail leaf sticking out from the surrounding flora catches his eyes, more noticeable to the Lucario is the faint notion that that tail belongs to someone. If the other two were going to fight among themselves, it might be better to make small talk with this Leafeon, away from the imminent battle.

And so he approaches the new Pokémon. "Hello?" he softly, tentatively calls out toward the Leafeon, hoping they aren't just lying in wait to pounce on an unsuspecting 'mon like himself. While he didn't want to be too close to get caught up in the fight, a part of him was curious about it, wondering how it would go down.
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#10
Miki the Leafeon :: Chlorophyll
This post affects Seiro, and to a lesser degree Wade and Daniel
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 月には届かぬ手 ~ Moon Child (Hands that Can't Reach the Moon ~ Moon Child)
ゲーム「連縁 天影戦記 ~ Brilliant pagoda or haze castle」BGM(Len'en Ten'eisenki ~ Brilliant pagoda or haze castle BGM)
Knowing she can't possibly have been spotted so quickly, Miki looks over the scene. A Golduck, seemingly feeling an instinct to have fights with people; perhaps she should avoid him, though she does have the type advantage; a Scrafty, who said he didn't feel the same way, and a Lucario, who was walking over to her--
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ゲーム「メタルギアソリッド」SE(Metal Gear Solid sound effect)
Well, so much for not being noticed, huh. In hindsight, she did instinctively know Lucario in general had some sort of aura-sensing ability that would probably enable this one to detect her presence. 
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 ホドモエシティ (Driftveil City)
ゲーム「ポケットモンスター ブラック・ホワイト」BGM(Pokémon Black and White BGM)
And so Miki steps out of the bush, tail lowered. She considers for a moment, and then places a paw forward, towards the Lucario. "Hello! Haven't seen you around before," she greets. "Who might you be?" 

She doesn't consider, however, that the other two might have noticed her just from that.
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